SHERLOC ("Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws against Organized Crime") Knowledge Management Portal

SHERLOC ("Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws against Organized Crime") Knowledge Management Portal

  • Overview

    Vision / description

    The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (hereinafter the UNTOC), is the only international convention dealing with organized crime. It is supplemented by three Protocols on Trafficking in Persons, Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Firearms. These instruments offer States Parties a unique and comprehensive framework for preventing and combating organized crime, mutual legal assistance and extradition, and law enforcement cooperation.

    In its resolution 6/1, entitled Ensuring effective implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto, the Conference of the Parties to UNTOC and its Protocols, encouraged UNODC to make use of the technical assistance tools that have been developed, and to continue developing new tools, with a view to improving the capacity of States to implement the Convention and the Protocols thereto, and requested the Office to promote and disseminate such tools and to continue facilitating the exchange of experiences and good practices among practitioners, including through the Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws against Organized Crime (SHERLOC) knowledge management portal.

    In response, the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (hereinafter the OCB) of UNODC has continued to develop SHERLOC in order to facilitate the dissemination of information regarding implementation of the UNTOC and its Protocols.

    Project objectives

    UNODC started the development of SHERLOC in mid-2012. Currently, the portal consists of three components: a case law database, a database of legislation and the Competent National Authorities Directory. The case law database contains cases and law enforcement operations from States around the world, searchable by country, keyword, crime type and cross-cutting issue. Crime types include all of the crimes proscribed in the UNTOC and its Protocols, as well as counterfeiting, cybercrime, trafficking in drugs, cultural property, wildlife and forest products and piracy. Cross-cutting issues include special procedures and provisions of the Convention that may facilitate the effective prosecution of transnational organized crime, such as extradition, mutual legal assistance, joint investigative teams or special investigative techniques.

    SHERLOC is conceived to be a portal to all of UNODCs work (or “knowledge”) on organized crime, and so the potential for expansion and development is limited only by imagination and funds. Since we are at the beginning stages of development, a first priority is to make the three existing components as functional and smoothly running as possible. This involves populating the databases, refining the keyword search function, setting up a newsletter template and establishing links between the cases and their relevant legislation.

    Beneficiaries

    Academics, researchers, legal professionals, criminal justice officials, UN Member States, civil society, government officials and the general public.

    Current progress

    UNODC started the development of SHERLOC in mid-2012. Currently, the portal consists of three components: a case law database, a database of legislation and the Competent National Authorities Directory. The case law database contains cases and law enforcement operations from States around the world, searchable by country, keyword, crime type and cross-cutting issue. Crime types include all of the crimes proscribed in the UNTOC and its Protocols, as well as counterfeiting, cybercrime, trafficking in drugs, cultural property, wildlife and forest products and piracy. Cross-cutting issues include special procedures and provisions of the Convention that may facilitate the effective prosecution of transnational organized crime, such as extradition, mutual legal assistance, joint investigative teams or special investigative techniques.

    The database of legislation shows how States implement UNTOC and its Protocols in their legislation through the same lexicon of crime types and cross cutting issues. UNODC has developed pictorial presentations, or logos, for each crime type, which helps users quickly identify the types of cases or legislations in the search results. In addition, as in the Convention, the crime types in SHERLOC can be expanded upon as new forms and dimensions of organized crime come to the fore.

    The CNA Directory lists the competent national authorities designated to receive, respond to and process requests for mutual legal assistance, extradition, transfer of sentenced persons, as well as requests for cooperation to suppress illicit drug trafficking and the smuggling of migrants by sea.

    In addition to these three main components, SHERLOC has a news and events section and a newsletter. The news and events section will include items such as international developments in the fight against transnational organized crime and upcoming events related to organized crime. The newsletter will feature additions to the case law and legislation databases.

    Project URL

    http://sherloc.unodc.org

    Sustainable Development Goals

    4. Quality education; 5. Gender equality; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 10. Reduced inequalities; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Partnership types of interest

    Project funding; Provision of services / personnel

    Regions / countries / territories

    Europe: Austria

    Detailed location

    UN Headquarters, UNODC, Vienna, Austria

    Issue areas

    Anti-Corruption; Education; Gender Equality; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Peace; Persons with Disabilities; Principle 1; Principle 10; Principle 2; Rule of Law; Women's Empowerment

    Business sectors

    Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services

    Partners

    Stakeholders consulted

    Academia; Government

    Preferred partner organisation(s)

    Academic; NGO Global; NGO Local; Public Sector Organization

    Type of support needed

    Advocacy; Functional expertise; Funding; Research; Seed funding; Volunteer

    Collective Action
    • This initiative has a potential for scalability.
    • This initiative is seeking additional partners.
    • This initiative respects all dimensions of sustainable development.
    • This initiative is not submitted with commercial intent.